IELTS for your Student Visa

Get the IELTS score you need for an Australian Student visa in 3 easy steps:

Step 1

Check the IELTS requirements for your Australian study program

You may require evidence of English as part of your visa application. Check our full list of Australian universities accepting IELTS 5.5 and above. IELTS is the official English language test provider if you require a test score.

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Step 2

Book your IELTS test and get the score you need.

Register for your computer-delivered IELTS test, use our free preparation material and get the score you need for your Student Visa (Subclass 500). We can send your results directly to your University.

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Step 3

Apply to your university and start your Student Visa

When you have the IELTS score you need, you can apply for your course. Accept the offer from a University and apply for your Student Visa (Subclass 500).

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You need to meet English language requirements to get a student visa. So, when you’re trying to find out what scores you need, or if you’re simply looking for more information: we’ve got you covered.

IELTS and Student Visas in 3 steps

  1. Check the IELTS requirements for your Australian study program
  2. Book your IELTS test, we can send your results directly to your university
  3. Accept the study offer from your university and apply for your Student Visa

Most international students need to meet English language requirements to gain entry into their course and get a student visa. However, some international students are exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.

Check if you’re exempt from the English language proficiency requirement:
  • When you completed at least five years of study in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa or the Republic of Ireland.
  • You’re a citizen and passport holder of the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland.
  • Successfully completed the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, or study at Certificate IV level or higher in Australia within two years of applying for a student visa.
  • You enrol full time in school studies as a principal course (including secondary exchange programs), postgraduate research or a standalone English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) program.

If you are not on this list, you probably need to provide evidence of English language proficiency to your university when you apply for your program of study.

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What English language tests are accepted in Australia?

Australia accepts IELTS for migration purposes and for all visa applications that require evidence of English language proficiency. IELTS has been testing English language for more than 25 years. So, take advantage of free IELTS support tools and join more than 3 million test takers each year. Just like you, people choose IELTS to support their study, migration, and professional ambitions. They know IELTS is accepted at more than 11,000 organisations globally and is the better test of English in the world.

English test for Australian immigration: For migration purposes, it’s important to remember that your test results are usually valid for two years.

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What is the minimum IELTS band requirement for Australia student visas?

It depends on the course you plan to complete in Australia and on the institution and level of study you apply for. Certain courses, such as nursing, education or law programs, tend to have stricter requirements. However, requirements for Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are usually lower. We recommend you check with a student counsellor about the admission requirements for your preferred course. Let’s look at some examples.

Diploma in Hospitality in Melbourne

You want to study a  diploma of Hospitality in Melbourne. Generally, you need an overall IELTS band score of 5.5 (with no band less than 5.0). You can get some free support to get this score.

Bachelor of Business in Sydney

If you intend to enrol in a Bachelor of Business at a top university in Sydney, you need overall 6.5 with no band below 6.0. We’ve got a lot of study tools that can help you get this score.

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

When you don’t meet English language requirements, you can complete an ELICOS program to improve your English language skills. You can enrol in a General English course with an IELTS Academic band score of 4.0.

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Do you need IELTS Academic or General Training for an Australian student visa?

The IELTS test is offered in two formats, IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. So, choose the test that matches your needs and English skills. Which test is most suited to you depends on what you need the test for.

You want to:
  • study at university at undergraduate or postgraduate level
  • join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country

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You want to:
  • train or study at below degree level
  • work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country
  • emigrate to an English-speaking country

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Immigration and the law

Legislation about immigration changes frequently. It’s important to check the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for changes that may apply to you. If you are interested in Australian student visas, work visas, or looking to migrate permanently, you need to lodge an application with the Australian Government. You may want to consider getting support from a lawyer or migration agent. However, you can also get free advice for student visas.